The Fragrance of Enduring Love

“Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness.

If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love,” says Stevie Wonder who impacted the world through music as a blind African American (“Stevie Wonder Quote”). Like the mother in the quote above, Lena Younger, the Mama in A Raisin in the Sun, shows her unconditional love and compassion for her family. Her fearlessness, even after her husband dies, raises her children to have dreams and be confident in the hostile environment. Mama’s inner peace and freedom that are instilled within her by God enable her to overcome hardships in her life as an African American woman. Now, her attentions and concerns are centered on her family; she constantly shows her love and trust her children even when they do not understand her nor does she understand them.

Indeed, her dream to get a better house for her family is motivated by her desire to provide a better living environment for her children; she always wants the best for her family. This leads her to spend some of the life insurance compensation check that was received after her husband’s death to get a house in an all-white suburb. The fact that they are moving to an all-white neighborhood worries other people like Mrs. Johnson and the white homeowner, Karl Linder, a representative from the Clybourne Park Improvement Association. Mrs. Johnson, the Younger family’s neighbor, brings the newspaper that wrote about a black family in a white neighborhood getting bombed out of their house. She warns and almost scares them from moving to Clybourne Park.

Linder visits the Younger family and says, “A man, right or wrong, has the right to want to have the neighborhood he lives in a certain kind of way” ( Hansberry 117). Linder wants to convince them not to move by reminding them that the suburb is where white people live, and that they want to live in a “A certain kind of way.”This shows residential .

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